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29 June 1944

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Description

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Mission details

1.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 5 T

2.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 86 T

3. ASCHERSLEBEN (Primary)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 148 T

4. BERNBURG (Primary)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 144 T

5. Böhlen, Germany

Description

SYNTHETIC OIL REFINERY

Aircraft type

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Notes

3rd Bomb Division was made up of B-17 is 94th Bomb Group, 95th Bomb Group, 96th Bomb Group, 100th Bomb Group, 385th Bomb Group, 388th Bomb Group, 390th Bomb Group, 447th Bomb Group, 452nd Bomb Group, 486th Bomb Group, 487th Bomb Group, 493rd Bomb Group.

Units

  • 3rd Bomb Division

    3rd Bomb Division

    Division
    The 3rd Bomb Division was Constituted in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 3rd Air Division.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 177 T

6. Burg, Germany

Description

AIRFIELD

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Tonnage dropped 115 T

7. Fallersleben, Wolfsburg, Germany

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORY

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 106 T

8. GARDELEGEN (Secondary)

Description

AIRFIELD

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 23 T

9. LEIPZIG CITY (Primary)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

457th BG - MISSION NO. 79 - LEIPZIG, GERMANY

29 JUNE, 1944

The target was the aero-engine factory located five miles northeast of Leipzig, one of the sources of production for Ju 88s, Ju-1 88s and He-ills. Many of the targets designated by the Eighth Air Force for this mission had been previously bombed, but fully repaired.

The 457th led the 1st Division and furnished the lead and low boxes of the 94th Combat Wing, a total of thirty-six aircraft. Col. Luper served as Air Commander, in the lead box, with Captain Russell M. Selwyn as pilot, and Major Peresich was Commander, with Lt. Lady as pilot, of the low box.

Due to weather related difficulties, only twenty-one of' the total number of ships dispatched attacked targets. The lead box made a 360 degree turn over the target. On the circle back to the IP, six 410s made a pass at the lead box and damaged one plane. Escorting P-51s intervened and drove them away. Bombing results were considered good.

Flak had tracked the low box all the way to the target and scored a direct hit on the aircraft piloted by Lt. Albert Gumuslauskas. It went into a steep dive, the crew bailed out and the craft exploded. Four of the aircraft bombed the primary target.

Eight craft of the low box bombed a target of opportunity, the railroad marshaling yards at Wittenberge, with good results. The craft piloted by Lt. Norman Breit encountered considerable flak. Thinking the craft was going down, three of the crew bailed out. Intense and accurate flak was encountered and fifteen craft sustained damage.

June ended with the Group having flown 23 missions for the month. A letter received through Supreme Headquarters, American Expeditionary Forces, brought a message of gratitude to all personnel from His Majesty, King George V.

The crew of Lt Albert Gumuslauskas was lost on this date.

Units

  • 1st Bomb Division

    1st Bomb Division

    Division
    The groups under the command of the 1st Bomb Wing came under the command of the 1st Bomb Division in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 1st Air Division.

  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 47 T

10. LEIPZIG/HEITERBLICK (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

1st Bomb Division was made up of 91st Bomb Group, 92nd Bomb Group, 303rd Bomb Group, 305th Bomb Group,306th Bomb Group, 351st Bomb Group, 379th Bomb Group, 381st Bomb Group, 384th Bomb Group, 401st Bomb Group, 457th Bomb Group.

Units

  • 1st Bomb Division

    1st Bomb Division

    Division
    The groups under the command of the 1st Bomb Wing came under the command of the 1st Bomb Division in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 1st Air Division.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 95 T

11. LEIPZIG/TAUCHA (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 73 T

12. LEOPOLDSHALL (Opportunistic)

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 11 T

13. LIMBACH (Opportunistic)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 35 T

14. MAGDEBURG (Primary)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

2nd Bomb Division was made up of 44th Bomb Group, 92nd Bomb Group, 93rd Bomb Group, 389th Bomb Group, 392nd Bomb Group, 445th Bomb Group, 446th Bomb Group, 448th Bomb Group, 453rd Bomb Group, 458th Bomb Group, 466th Bomb Group, 467th Bomb Group, 489th Bomb Group, 491st Bomb Group. 3rd Bomb Division was made up of B24 is 34th Bomb Group, 493rd Bomb Group.

Units

  • 2nd Bomb Division

    2nd Bomb Division

    Division
    The groups under the command of the 2nd Bomb Wing came under the command of the 2nd Bomb Division in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 2nd Air Division.

  • 3rd Bomb Division

    3rd Bomb Division

    Division
    The 3rd Bomb Division was Constituted in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 3rd Air Division.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 221 T

15. OEBISFELDE/KALTENDORF (Opportunistic)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 21 T

16. OSCHERSLEBEN (Primary)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 203 T

17. QUACKENBRUCK (Opportunistic)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 25 T

18. STENDAL (Secondary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 66 T

19. Wittenburg, Germany

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 20 T

20. WITTENBURG (Secondary)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORY

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 133 T

21. ZERBST (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 21 T

Service

People

  • Cyrus Aidala

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 862BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-24 42-94812 'Little Warrior' 29-Jun-44; flak hit caused conflagration, flames from cockpit to rear of bomb bay. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6721 Awards: PH.

  • Deane Barnes

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Sidney Benson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 862BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-24 42-94812 'Little Warrior' 29-Jun-44; flak hit caused conflagration, flames from cockpit to rear of bomb bay. Baled out and was murdered. Upon landing, he surrendered to a German gun...

  • Joseph Booth

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group

  • George Boozer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    The person with this name and birth/death dates buring at Fort Bliss National Cemetery is listed as "Master Sergeant - US Army" on his headstone. Boozer is wearing Captain's bars in his photo. This birth and death date may well be for the wrong ...

  • Walter Boykowski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 862BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-24 42-94812 'Little Warrior' 29-Jun-44; flak hit caused conflagration, flames from cockpit to rear of bomb bay. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6721 Awards: PH.

  • Charles Eberly

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer / Top Turret | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed 35 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Evans

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    The 50-page description of CPT Evans' military service is found at http://www.2ndair.org.uk/consumption/groups/public/documents/article/ncc175528.pdf (as listed in http://www.2ndair.org.uk/Second_Air_Division/Wartime_memories/index.htm).

  • Billy Gomillion

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 493rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 862BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-24 42-94812 'Little Warrior' 29-Jun-44; flak hit caused conflagration, flames from cockpit to rear of bomb bay. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6721 Awards: PH.

  • Charles Gordon

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier/Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Charles Gordon flew 17 missions as a navigator and 18 as a bombardier with the 44th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Shipdham, England. ...

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Aircraft

  • 42-102589

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/3/44; Gr Island 6/4/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 30/4/44; On a local flight 9/7/44 with Doug McArthur, Co-pilot: Stamos Zades, Navigator: George Mille, Bombardier: Chas meyer, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-94812 'Little Warrior'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 850BS, 490BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 862BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Fallersleben; flak hit holed fuel tanks/lines causing conflagration, flames from cockpit to rear of bomb bay. Crew Lt's J.H. Hansen, S.A...

  • 43-37562

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/4/44; Kearney 11/5/44; Dow Fd 30/5/44; Assigned 751BS/457BG Glatton 1/6/44; Missing in Action Leipzig 29/6/44 with Alby Gumulauskas, Co-pilot: Bill Neidhardt, Navigator: Harry Will, n/g-S/Sgt Enos Bleacher, Flight engineer/top...

  • 44-40113 Gamblin' Lady

    B-24 Liberator

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2015 12:45:57 general ira snapsorter Changes to event
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Amendment to location

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27 May 2015 12:44:39 general ira snapsorter Changes to event
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27 May 2015 12:43:35 general ira snapsorter Changes to event
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Amendment to location

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2015 12:38:13 general ira snapsorter Changes to event
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Mission details added courtesy of Diane Elizabeth Reese from 457th Bomb Group Mission Documents. http://www.457thbombgroup.org/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:07 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Lee Cunningham, 8th Air Force missions research database / Stan Bishop's 'Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces', the Combat Chronology of the US Army Air Forces and the work of Roger Freeman including the 'Mighty Eighth War Diary'.

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